Artists Take On Detroit - Projects for The Tricentennial
Scott Hocking and Clinton Snider



Relics

Hocking and Snider see Detroit as part of the continuing rhythm of creation, decay, and rebirth. Their cyclical view of time contrasts with industry’s dependence on innovation and obsolescence. Exploring abandoned factories, churches, homes, and schools, they collect objects that are on the verge of being reclaimed by nature—weathered, rusty, decaying.

Returning to the studio, Hocking and Snider sort the objects, sometimes by type (bottles with bottles) or by color or texture. At other times, they alter the pieces, cutting or adding to them, creating a new context. In Relics the artists use the grid as the organizing factor, filling hundreds of boxes with recycled materials. In this space, the individual units together result in resonances and cacophonies, and the installation as a whole inspires awe. The word "relics" recalls the ancient or obsolete, but can also refer to objects infused with religious and mystical meaning.

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Scott Hocking and Clinton Snider
Relics
Installation, 2001

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